No changes to the World in Sport P4P list this time. The only fighter on my list who fought since the last rankings is Leo Santa Cruz, who earned a unanimous decision win over Rafael Rivera to retain his WBA “super” featherweight title. Though Rivera is a tough contender, the fight was a mismatch on paper and in the ring. Santa Cruz remains at #8 on the list.
My list is based on a number of factors, ranked below by order of importance:
- 1: Resume – Has he dominated his division? How has he performed against top competition?
- 2: Ability – How special is he in the ring? Is he one-dimensional or well-rounded?
- 3: Weight – Has he moved up in weight with success? Slight bias towards the more competitive divisions.
- 4: Potential – Is the fighter on the decline, or can he get even better?
- 5: Activity – Fighter must have fought at least once within the past year.
* = Fighter has fought since last rankings.
1 ▬ Terence Crawford (USA) | 34-0-0
Notable Wins: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Julius Indongo, Jeff Horn
2 ▬ Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) | 12-1-0
Notable Wins: Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares
3 ▬ Saul Alvarez (MEX) | 50-1-2
Notable Wins: Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin
4 ▬ Mikey Garcia (USA) | 39-0-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
5 ▬ Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
6 ▬ Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) | 38-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
7 ▬ Naoya Inoue (JPN) | 17-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
8 ▬ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX)* | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
9 ▬ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) | 47-4-1
Notable Wins: Roman Gonzalez (x2), Juan Francisco Estrada, Iran Diaz
10 ▬ Errol Spence Jr. (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Chris van Heerden, Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson
11 ▬ Anthony Joshua (GBR) | 22-0-0
Notable Wins: Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin
12 ▬ Daniel Jacobs (USA) | 35-2-0
Notable Wins: Sergio Mora (x2), Peter Quillin, Maciej Sulecki, Sergiy Derevyanchenko
13 ▬ Shawn Porter (USA) | 29-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Adrian Granados, Danny Garcia
14 ▬ Tyson Fury (GBR) | 27-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
15 ▬ Callum Smith (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
16 ▬ Deontay Wilder (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
17 ▬ Keith Thurman (USA) | 29-0-0
Notable Wins: Jesus Soto Karass, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia
18 ▬ Manny Pacquiao (PHL) | 61-7-2
Notable Wins: Timothy Bradley (x2), Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner
19 ▬ Josh Warrington (GBR) | 28-0-0
Notable Wins: Hisashi Amagasa, Kiko Martinez, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton
20 ▬ Sergey Kovalev (RUS) | 33-3-1
Notable Wins: Jean Pascal (x2), Bernard Hopkins, Isaac Chilemba, Eleider Alvarez
Dropped from list: None
March 9th on FOX, WBC welterweight champ Shawn Porter (#13) takes on challenger Yordenis Ugas in Carson, CA. March 16th will see undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (#10) defend his IBF welterweight strap against four-division champion Mikey Garcia (#4) in Arlington, TX on FOX PPV.
Though I have Garcia ranked well above Spence on my pound-for-pound list, he is essentially moving up two weight classes to challenge Spence. If Garcia were to come out on top against the bigger man, he would without a doubt become the #1 fighter in the world. A dominant Spence win may bump him up a spot or two in my rankings as well.
Comparing fighters across different weight classes is mostly subjective, and everybody has their own opinion. Comment below with who you think deserves to be on the list.